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Ways to Get the Most Out of the Cloud

by: Sarah Joson

Friday, April 17, 2015 |

The buzz about cloud technology is apparently getting louder, according to a study by Computerworld. It revealed that cloud computing is the second-fastest growing IT budget, and is the top IT priority for this year.

Guidelines to get the most out of cloud operations

A post at CIO.com explains the study and guidelines created by IDG Enterprise. It stated that a large number of IT companies are still analyzing which operations are suitable to be hosted in the cloud. The report also listed five ways firms can get the most out of their cloud operations:

1. Find processes that are typically made for the cloud.
These processes are usually the new ones that can be done purely over the cloud. If you see that service providers are able to offer superior functionality for a niche process that was previously offered in a packaged solution, then it’s also an ideal candidate. User-facing applications such as sales automation and collaboration are likewise ideal for cloud hosting.

2. Strive to decrease operating expenses.
By migrating processes to the cloud, companies are able to free up resources that are solely used in addressing operational issues, but are practically valuable for IT strategy and app development and progress of the company.

3. Free up space in data centers.
What some companies fail to realize is not all of their servers are fully maximized or even utilized properly. These unused servers take up space, consume power, and end up costing you more than you know. You can easily virtualize these processes yourself, but you must first know the current operating costs of your in-house data center before signing up for hosting services.

4. Be one of the early adopters of trends.
Trends exist for a reason. These have been effective for companies and are what the customers demand or more inclined to use. The rising trends in the cloud are email, collaboration, CRM, data storage, and human resources. The IDG enterprise survey also revealed that more than 50 percent of respondents are planning to move processes to the cloud in three years. These apps are believed to offer the top applications, and are widely used amongst businesses.
 
5. Reinforce your current operations with the cloud.
The cloud’s agility and usability are also driving adoption and investments. It may be used on projects that can be rolled out using a software-as-a-service provider and get seamless turnaround times. It will impress potential customers and could lead to more support for future cloud strategies.

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